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In the Beginning: Creating a Local Jewish Community Professional Association

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Carol Blau Rothstein; Robin S. Levenston; Cindy Goldstein; Debra Silberman Weinberg

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 80:2-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: Development; Jewish Organizations; Professionalism

Type: Report

Coverage: Maryland


In recent years there has been an increase in the number of local Jewish communal professional associations (JCPAs). This article describes in detail the development of the Baltimore group and then outlines strategies for success and challenges faced by JCPAs across the country. It concludes with a call to action to national organizations about working together to better the profession and the community at large.